Category: ASF/Lightware Solutions

Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.


I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.


Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 


This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:

Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – ASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n Read


Welcome to day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

I like to think of today as the day the lights go on to light up Christmas.  You may be wondering what I’m thinking, but those of us that have welcome winter probably have noticed that we have not only few hours of good sunlight, but more time to quilt, sew, knit, and create where many of us do not have great lighting.  Thus, today is the day the lights go on, as I want to share insights with you about a great source of personal and very portable lighting.  I also want to share that today, known as Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, is sponsored by  ASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n Read


I’m a happy user of Beam n Read lights and enjoy using them throughout the year, but they are a “must have” for the winter months.  They are an excellent source of personal light, perfect for handwork (quilting, sewing, knitting, etc), reading and more.  The lightweight structure also allows you to change the angle of the light, which I’ve found it to enable functionality for more than a personal light as you can prop it on a table, shelf, car, and that extra light has been most helpful.    I have also found that the batteries last a really long time, as the LEDs are bright, but don’t require all that much power.

As it is difficult to wear a Beam n Read personal light and take a #Selfie, I want to share with you photos of several of my friends wearing this light.  They just hang it off of their neck (aka hands free personal light), adjust the angle and have great lighting when the read, as well as quilt, sew, crochet, knit, etc..

Here is some info on current products from Beam n Read / ASF Lightware solutions:

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Beam n Read ® LED 6 Hands-Free Task LightModel BNR LED 6-3F includes 2 snap-on filters.The light can be used with or without the filters.The orange filter shifts the light from a cool, daylight-type light to a warm, incandescent-type light. It also blocks blue light for a more relaxing light.  The red filter blocks blue and green light.
 bnr_led-6m_25x3c BNR LED 6-3m
Beam n Read ® LED 6m Hands-Free Craft LightExtra Wide & Extra Bright Light Plus 3 clip-on 4×5 Inch Acrylic Fresnel (flat) Magnifier Lenses
 bnr_led-3f_25x3 BNR LED 3F
Beam n Read ® LED 3 Hands-Free Travel & Reading LightIncludes 2 snap-on blue-light-blocking Relaxation Filters
Batteries (not included) Last Extra Long 100 Hours
bnr-usb-ac-2x3 BNR USB/AC
Beam n Read Accessory Power Kit with USB/AC Adapter

QuiltShopGal can honestly recommend Beam n Read as a great product when you need extra lighting for personal work.  I’ve found them to be high quality, very reliable products, offered at a very reasonable price.  Thus, they are great for quilting, sewing, embroidery enthusiasts, as well as those that enjoy reading and more.  They also make for great holiday gifts.

You can find Beam n Read Hands-Free lights in many premiere quilt shops.  If not, ask them to carry them. Wholesale can be placed thru ASF Lightware Solutions.  Retail orders can purchase online at ASF Lightware Solutions / Reading Light, but you can also purchase online at Amazon.



Beam n Read / ASF Lighting Solutions is giving away one  Beam n Read LED 6 Hands-Free Task Lights plus a Beam n Read USB Power Kit to one lucky winner.

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   ASF Lighting Solutions will be shipping this prize to the winner, who is a resident of the US or Canada.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find Beam n Read / ASF Lightware Solutions at:


Lastly, don’t forget, Day #4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.


You can find prior posts for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis – Winners

Time to Congratulate all the lucky winners of the Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.
bee creative charity fundraiser

Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs has an on-going program to help raise funds for CF, through sale of her Justin’s Magic Mandala Machine Embroidery Designs, as well as her collections (large and small) of PDF Mandala templates, that are perfect to use for free-motion quilting, doodling, coloring, and so much more.  For every purchase, Maureen will donate 100% of your purchase  CF Foundation.

March, QuiltShopGal hosted the Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser to benefit CF. This was made possible by the support of generous sponsors:    AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

I certainly appreciate everyone that donated funds to help raise money for the CF Foundation.  Every dollar donated makes a difference.

Today, I am happy to announce the winners of the sponsored prizes.  All winners have been notified and prizes will be shipped shortly.

Sponsor Prize Winners

Fat Quarter Shop
Little Ruby Small Aurifil Thread Box Bonnie & Camille: includes 10 spools (220 yards each of Aurifil 50 wt Cotton Thread).fat quarter shop prize

The Fat Quarter Shop will ship this prize directly to one lucky winner, anywhere in the world.

Prize #1

winner – Angela G.

Schiffer Publishing Nature’s Mandalas9780764350641

Painterly Days


Winner (Nature’s Mandalas) – Marian P.

Winner: Painterly Days – Maryellen M.

Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane SassamanPrintSmall Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

signed summer bird scarf

This sponsor will ship these prizes to the respective lucky winners in the US/Canada

 Prize #2 winner – Marian P.

Prize #3

winner – Maryellen M

fons and porter logoheader-logo.fw_ A bundle of Fons & Porter’s notions and book, with a estimated value of $75.This sponsor will ship the prize bundle to one lucky winner in US/Canada.


 Prize #4 winner – Marian P

ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F6 LED beam n read  Prize #5


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The Wooden Bearfooter_logo_20150615091630 Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.standupquiltingstitches_20150627194446Five lucky winners will get to select a pattenlet of their choice.patternlet

US winners can select if they prefer a printed or electronic pattern.  International winners will receive electronic patterns.

 Prize #6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Patterns a la Carte)



Maryellen M.

Marian P

Angela G

Laura P

Karin V.


Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15(Pattenlet)



Maryellen M.

Marian P

Angela G

Laura P

Karin V.

Auriful One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons –  Wonder thread with 12 large spools collection.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW


 Prize #16

winner –Karin V.

Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson

terrific T-Shirt Quilts

Learn to Paper Piece

I Love Log Cabins

Sew, Slice, Spin and Sash

These books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal.  As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, thus these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.

 Prize #17, 18, 29, 20, 21



Marian P. (I Love Log Cabins)
Maryellen M., (Learn to Paper Piece)
Laura P (Scrap Basket)
Sweet Peas and Angelssweet peas banner300x300 (300 x 300) $50 Gift  Certificate

Open for WW winners

 Prize #22 winner – Laura P

Note: With sponsor approval, prizes unclaimed within 10 days will be used as prizes in future events, hosted by QuiltShopGal.  Winners were capped on the number of prizes they could receive, based on the number of raffle tickets they purchased, regardless of how many times their name may have been randomly drawn.  Emails have been sent to all winners.


justin's mandala templates artwork



You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

bee creative every day

Sneak Peek: International Craft Month Kick Off Celebration and a Charity Fundraiser #StitchAlong #FMQAlong #DoodleAlong to benefit Cystic Fibrosis

Today I’m excited to share insights with you about events I’ll be hosting in March, to celebrate International Craft Month.bee creative kick off badge

Tomorrow, March lst,  several blogging friends are joining me in a kick-off event to Celebrate International Craft Month.  We’ll  be sharing tips, tutorials and inspirational projects to help get you in the mood to take time to be crafty in March.  I want to recognize and thank Aurifil, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting/Beam N Read ,  The Wooden Bear, Timeless Treasures, and Fons & Porter for sponsoring this event.

We have 21 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs.  Come back tomorrow to get the line up, see the prizes, as well as find out about an easy craft project that can help you organize your craft room.


Every Saturday in March, I’m hosting a Linky Party for a Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.  This will be a virtual party where you can doodle (e.g. on paper, or what ever), free-motion quilt, use mixed media, or machine embroidery and share what you create via our open Linky Party, to help inspire and encourage others.  Think of it as a #DoodleAlong, #CreateAlong, #FMQAlong, #StitchAlong Party all month long.

The fun will be using beautiful Mandala designs by Maureen Russell, of Beautiful Machine Embroidery Designs.  To clarify, Maureen has created machine embroider designs as well as templates that can be downloaded via PDF format, for those that wish to use these Mandala designs for doodling on paper (or whatever), as well as use for free-motion quilting, or mixed media arts.

The possibilities of what you can create  are endless, but technically you need not create anything to help. And all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

charity fundraiser #StitchAlong Justin's Magic Mandalas

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

As a charity fundraiser, this virtual event will have a variety of options to enter. Entries to win prizes are based on donations of $10 AU (about $7 US) for each virtual raffle ticket entry.

charity raffle tickets for CF


justin's mandala templates artwork

  • Purchase and download PDF templates of Mandala designs that you can use for doodling, free-motion quilting, or mixed media designs – possibilities of what you can do with these designs are endless.  These downloadable PDF files will be available at Beautiful Embroidery Designs on March lst.  Each $10 AU purchase qualifies as one virtual raffle ticket entry.
    • You need not stitch or doodle anything in March, using these templates, but we hope you will do so and share via a linky Party that QuiltShopGal will host in March.  These Mandala designs are perfect for doodling, as well as free-motion quilting.
  • Purchase the Mandala machine embroidery designs, by Maureen Russell, at $50 AU (about $35 US) to get three virtual raffle
    • You need not stitch anything in March, but QuiltShopGal will be hosting a #StitchAlong in March for these designs, showing how to make a table runner or wallhanging, but the possibilities are endless for what you can create with these designs.  And, participants will be encouraged to share their progress via a Linky Party in March.
  • Make a donation via PayPal, for any amount you wish to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  For simplicity, donations can be made to (what is Maureen’s PayPal email address), but must be tagged as “Cystic Fibrosis Charity Fundraiser” in the comments.  For every $10 AU that you donate in March, you’ll be awarded a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes.

note:  While QuiltShopGal is hosting this fundraiser, all funds raised will go thru Maureen Russell, or her Beautiful Embroidery Designs site.  She’ll compile a list of those that make general donations for CF by way of her PayPal account, those that purchase the PDF Mandala templates, as well as those that purchase her beautiful Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery design collections. And, she’ll provide me the names of such individuals and I will issue them virtual raffle tickets to win 20+ prizes generously donated by sponsors.

PR Angeles that can help spread the word about this charity fundraiser are greatly appreciated.  Don’t forget you may have non-quilting friends that might want to donate to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by making a donation in your name, whereby you could win the quilty prize!  So be sure to let all your family and friends know!  And, for bloggers that wish to help increase awareness, you have my permission to copy and share any of the info and images in this post, that you wish.

Don’t forget to this event starts on Saturday, March 5th.  But you can visit Beautiful Embroidery Designs to purchase the Mandala machine embroidery design collection anytime between now thru the end of March to obtain virtual raffle tickets.  If you want to purchase the PDF Mandala templates for doodling, free-motion quilting, mixed media art, etc., you can contact Maureen.  I’ll also share once she has these files set up for purchase via her online store.  Lastly, don’t forget you can contact Maureen if you wish to make a general donation to CF, thru her PayPal account, but get virtual raffle tickets to win prizes.

Want to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis?  Visit the CF Foundation online.


You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

Lastly, I’ll be hosting a CRAFTY GOODNESS BLOG HOP week of March 21st with a variety of blogging friends.  More info on this soon.


I do hope you’ll enjoy March and find time to be crafty!

Quilter’s Christmas Party – Door Prize Winners

SewCalGal wishes to thank the following Sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Quilter’s Christmas Party:

ASF/Lightware Solutions/The Reading Light (Beam N Read), Kelly Jackson of I Have A Notion (IHAN), Island Batik,  Martingale
MyMemories American & Efird LLCSewEZI QuiltingLark CraftsCozy Quilt DesignsCraftsy, Judy Chain of Sew Fun QuiltsNew Leaf Stitches, Rebecca Goldsmith of  Piece O’ Cake, Ebony Love (Love Bug Studios) and Lily Patch Quilts.

Both the physical and the virtual Quilter’s Christmas Party were held on Sunday, December 9th.    Everyone that attended received a Door Prize Ticket just for coming.



Beam N Read LED 6 Deluxe Hands Free Light
A Beam N Read personal light donated by ASF Lightware Solutions

That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2013
Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)Sew Embellished!,Artistic Little Quilts, Personalized With Easy Techniques, by Chery Lynch
$10 Gift Certificate to SewEzi Quilting
A PDF purse pattern, of your choice, from LilyPatch Quilts

$25 Gift Certificate to

The Giving Quilt, donated by Cozy Quilt Shop

Clearly Perfect Angles donated by New Leaf Designs
Multiple Bali Crackers (10” X 10” squares – 40 squares) in Wildberry, from Hoffman California Fabrics
A class of your choice from
Multiple Fat Quarter Bundles of beautiful batiks and  hand-dyes from Hoffman California Fabrics
Multiple fat quarter bundles of military-themed fabrics for two different winners, from Hoffman California Fabrics
MyMemories software version 4.

The Giving Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini

Thread bundles donated by American & Efird LLC

Thread bundles donated by American & Efird LLC


Accent on Angles:  Easy Strip-Set Quilts, by Susan Purney Markis donated by Martingale

Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing: 10 Dynamic Quilt Designs, by Nancy Mahoney donated by Martingale

Simple Gifts for Dog Lovers, by Catherine Tough donated by Martingale
Make It Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture, by Vanessa Christenson of V and CO. donated by Martingale
Sewing Pottery By Machine, by Barbara Warholic  donated by Martingale

and there were more door prizes too!

Congratulations to the following winners of door prizes at the virtual and physical Quilter’s Christmas Party.

  1. Ann C.
  2. Barbara P.
  3. Barbara W.
  4. Becky R.
  5. Bobbie N.
  6. Bobbie Z.
  7. Bonnie C.
  8. Beth N.
  9. Carol I.
  10. Colleen
  11. Dana
  12. Heather B
  13. Helen H.
  14. Jane C.
  15. Janet M.
  16. Jeanne S.
  17. Judy S.
  18. June D.
  19. Kathie F.
  20. Linda T.
  21. Lindsey P.
  22. Lu Ann B.
  23. Lynn C.
  24. Lynn W.
  25. Marilynn W.
  26. Mary G.
  27. Mary S.
  28. Missy A.
  29. Nina Lise M.
  30. Nina-Marie
  31. Patty B.
  32. Rebecca J.
  33. Ruth J
  34. Sheila R.
  35. Shelly
  36. Susan G.
  37. Teresa
  38. Terrie S.

Those attending the physical Quilter’s Christmas Party and won a Door Prize have already received their prize.  For those that attending the Virtual Quilter’s Christmas Party winners of Door Prizes have received an email notice and SewCalGal is in the process of packaging prizes that should be shipped to winners tomorrow, December 19th.

Stay tuned, soon I’ll be announcing winners of the Raffle Prizes at this party.  And, I’ll be kicking off a virtual Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit Operation Homefront too!

Thank you to everyone that helped to make the Quilter’s Christmas Party a fun event, to those that purchased raffle tickets (aka donated to Operation Homefront).  And, thank you to all of our generous sponsors.  I couldn’t have hosted this event without your help.


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